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Michael Douglas receives AFI award

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
June 11, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Actor Michael Douglas was honored Thursday night for his decades of work in the movies. The two-time Oscar-winner was chosen to receive this year's American Film Institute Life Achievement Award.A room full of fans, friends and family all gathered to celebrate the 40-plus-year career of Michael Douglas.

"Fatal Attraction," "The China Syndrome," and "The War of the Roses" are just a few films on his impressive resume. Add in "Traffic," "Wall Street," "Romancing the Stone," "The Jewel of the Nile" and "Basic Instinct" and it doesn't take long to realize how Douglas has endured the test of time.

"I like my batting average," said Douglas at the AFI gala. "I've got a good batting average. I've done a lot of pictures and I'm proud of most of them."

Some of Douglas's leading ladies walked the red carpet, including his Oscar-winning wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones.

"And I think he has just that 'je ne sais quoi,' you know, that 'it' factor, I think," said Zeta-Jones. "And it's been lasting a long time -- and he's still got it!"

"One of the things I get a little emotional about is that my father and my mother can be here, you know, to see this tonight," said Douglas.

"It makes me feel like an old man," said Michael's father, Kirk Douglas, on the red carpet at the event. "I mean, I'm too young to have a son have a lifetime achievement award. What the hell is that?"

Thursday night's tribute will air on TV Land next month.

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